Millbury Monthly - Happenings @ MHS

From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : September 2023

Good evening, Woolie families!


And just like that, the first month of the school year is nearly complete!


A special thank you to all families, students, and staff that contributed to it being a fantastic opening. From the opening day Pep Rally which welcomed our Seniors, our 7th-Grade Woolies, as well as our new staff, to the opening week activities in the classroom which focused on establishing relationships, our hallways and classrooms had such a positive and energy-filled buzz. So many smiles, laughs, and welcomebacks which made the opening days and weeks feel so special!


As we settle into the month of October, we know that the days and weeks will continue to fly by! We will be sure to continue to update you all on all of the amazing things happening at the Junior-Senior High School.


Please be sure to check our our social media accounts and school website for updated information as we post regularly to those accounts!


As always, we want to thank you for continuing to support us here at the Junior-Senior High School. We are thrilled to see how the rest of the 2023 - 2024 school year shapes up!



Sincerely,


Chris Lowe

  • Student Spotlight
  • Campus Update
  • Housekeeping/Reminders
  • From the School Counseling Department
  • Our Schedule for the Month
  • Previously Shared
  • Looking Ahead
  • Woolie Gear

Student Spotlight 🙌

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Congratulations to Aymen Marquez Essif

Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School is proud to congratulate the Class of 2024's very own, Aymen Marquez Essif, on his academic honors from the College Board's National Recognition Programs, which help students stand out during college admissions and connect them with universities nationwide helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.


Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.


Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.


“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture.


We are so proud of Aymen and his efforts throughout his years as a student at Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School. We extend our deepest congratulations to him and his family on receiving this prestigious award!

Campus Update 🏢

The Woolie Bash is Coming!

Millbury Junior/Senior High Families,


As part of our expanding partnership with the Millbury Parents Club, we are thrilled to be joining in with the Elmwood St. and Shaw Schools in partnering with the Parents Club and the Boosterthon in efforts to support programming at the Junior-Senior High School.


Throughout the months of September and October, please be on the lookout for information from both the Junior-Senior High School and the Parents Club regarding our upcoming event!


Our school-wide The Woolie Bash fundraiser kicks off in a few weeks! We have a goal to raise $15,000 for field trips and student enrichment by 10/18/2023, AND we’re making it FUN to join in!


There will be prizes and daily giveaways plus all students will be able to celebrate at our BIG event - the The Woolie Bash


Mark your calendars and start thinking about who you and your family can ask to support our school!


Thank you in advance and stay tuned for fundraising updates.


Sincerely,


Millbury Parents Club and Chris Lowe, Principal


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Housekeeping/Reminders 💡

Academic Dates for Term 1

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New Aspen Sign Off Procedure


Hello.


Each year, Millbury Public Schools asks you to update student information at the beginning of the school year. We do this to ensure we have updated phone numbers, email addresses, and documentation to start the year. This year, we have moved the process online for Shaw and the Jr/Sr High School.


Parents of students at the Jr/Sr High School should be familiar with the Family Portal at https://ma-millbury.myfollett.com. This is where parents can view their child's grades, assignments, and attendance. We are expanding the options in the Family Portal to include updating student information, registering a new student, viewing report cards, and additional documents.


Additional updates later in the year will make the family portal will make it more mobile-friendly. For now, the best way to access the portal is through a traditional web browser or tablet.


What You Need to Know

  • Late Friday evening, we will reset all current family portal usernames and passwords for parents/guardians.

  • Going forward, usernames will be the email address we have on file (the email account this message was sent to) and the password “Changeme!”.

  • The first time you log in to the family portal at https://ma-millbury.myfollett.com, put your email address in the username field and the password “Changeme!”.


  • The Parent Portal, report cards, new student registration, and student information update can be viewed in four languages. English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic. To change your preferred language, click your name in the top right-hand corner of the Parent Portal. Click Preferences, and choose a language.

  • If you have a problem getting into the family portal after we reset everyones usernames and passwords, please contact tech@millburyschools.org



What We Need You To Do

  • Once you have access to the Family Portal, parents of students at Shaw and the Jr/Sr High School must click on the Initiate Button under Update Student Information.


  • If you have multiple students enrolled at Millbury, you will see them listed. Please update the information for each student at Shaw or the Jr/Sr High School.

  • There are five Tabs that contain information that you need to Update or Confirm.

    • Student Tab

      • Confirm or add any updated phone numbers.

      • Confirm your address. If you request an address change, you must complete a form and upload documents on the documents tab.

    • Family/Contacts Tab

      • Please look over the contacts and add any new contacts that are needed.

      • If you would like to add access to the family portal to a second parent or guardian, please make a note of it in the text box.

    • Health Tab

      • Review and update all information.

      • Upload a current Physical. To upload a document, click on the upload button, and click the button. Browse your computer for the document, and click the import button.

    • Other Information

      • Review and update all information.

    • Documents

      • If you request an address change, you must fill out the Sworn Statement of Residency and upload a proof of residency document. Upload them the same way you uploaded your Physical. Please name the document accordingly.


Thanks,

Jeff Berthiaume, Director of Technology


Please check out our IT department's website for more information.

New Aspen Sign Off Procedure

Hello all.

Thank you for your understanding yesterday. The family portal is back up, and many families have already started to update their child's records.

As a reminder, your new usernames are the email addresses to which this message was sent to, and your PWs are Changeme!

  • If you are not prompted to change your password, you can click your name in the top right-hand corner of the Family Portal, choose Edit Preferences, and under security, change your password.

Below are the complete set of instructions on how to update student information through the Family Portal. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yRrUClg5BO98z5ZqOXCU3Z9gaC_RSsfVOYDJWq82WT0/edit?usp=sharing

Thanks,

Jeff

2023 -2024 iReady Benchmark Dates for Grades 7 and 8

Friendly Reminder

📆 Our Schedule This Month

Opening Week(s) Schedule

Monday, August 28
  • First Day of School
  • Opening Day Celebration
  • 7th-Grade Mini Tours

Tuesday, August 29 -

  • School Picture Day for Grades 8, 10, and 11 starting at 7:45 am

Wednesday, August 30

  • School Picture Day for Grades 7, 9, and 12 starting at 7:45 am

Thursday, August 31

  • School Picture Make-Up Day for all Grades starting at 7:45

Friday, September 1

  • No School (Observance of Labor Day)

Monday, September 2

  • No School (Observance of Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 3

  • Senior Seating in the Courtyard Opens

No School - Observance of Labor Day: September 1

No School - Observance of Labor Day: September 4

Junior Class Fundraiser - Pajama Combo: September 4 - 15

Class of 2024 Courtyard Seating Lunch Privileges: September 5

Grade 7 Student Presentation: September 5 @ 9:45 in the Auditorium

Grade 9 Student Presentation: September 5 @ 12:02 - 12:58

Grade 10 Student Presentation: September 5 @ 1:01 - 1:57

SEPAC Meeting: September 5 @ 6:00 pm in the Media Center

Marching Band Kickoff Trip at Shaw: September 6 @ 10:00 - 11:30

Drama Club General Interest Meeting: September 6 @ 2:00 - 3:00 in the Auditorium

Add/Drop Period Ends: September 8

Student Safety Presentations: Starting week of September 11 with Officer Gasco

INTERNATIONAL TRIP (APRIL 2024) - Planning Meeting: September 11 @ 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

Grade 11 Student Presentation: September 11 @ 7:45

Grade 12 Student Presentation: September 11 @ 8:40

Fall Play Rehearsals: September 11 @ 2:00 in the Auditorium

Grades 7 and 8 iReady Fall Math Benchmark: September 12

School Committee Meeting: September 13 @ 7:00 pm

Grades 7 and 8 iReady Fall Reading Benchmark: September 14

Late Buses Begin Running: September 14

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins: September 15 - October 15

Marching Band Practice: September 16 @ 8:00

MIT Fall Program 2023 Applications Due: September 18th

Mr. Berthiaume, our IT Director, recently shared out this opportunity


Hello all.


MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has opened registrations for its free Fall virtual programs:


  • Girls Who Want to Learn Back to bASICs!
  • Girls Who Can Program Autonomous Cars!
  • Girls Who Program Racing Drones!
  • Girls Who Program Cognitive Assistants!
  • Girls Who Want to Learn Many Interesting Things (MIT)!
  • Girls Who Can Design, Build, and Fly Model Aircraft!

https://mit-bwsi.formstack.com/forms/bwsi_fall2023

If you are interested, you can contact me or a guidance counselor for help with the application.

SOPHOMORE CLASS FUNDRAISER - CHROMEBOOK COVERS: SEPTEMBER 18 - 29

BVEF Mash-Up: September 19 from 9:00 - 1:30 pm

Mr. Bollinger and Mr. Duke will take 20 students participating in our Innovative Pathways programming to attend this year's BVEF Mash-Up Series at Polar Park on Tuesday!


A special thank you to Joscelyn Young at BVEF, who thought of us when spots became available, as when we went to sign up for this in the summer, it booked to capacity immediately.


If you didn't know, BVEF is one of our community partners in our Innovative Pathways Programming, and we have had a long-standing relationship with them throughout the years!

Math Team Meeting: September 20 @ 2:05 pm in Rm. C132

E-SPORTS PRACTICE AND MATCH IN CAFE A AND B: SEPTEMBER 20 @ 2:05 PM

FALL PLAY REHEARSALS: SEPTEMBER 20 @ 2:05 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM

Post-Secondary Planning Night: September 20 @ 6:30 pm

Please see the recent announcement sent from our school counseling department regarding our upcoming Post-Secondary Planning Night.


Hello, Parents and Guardians,


The Guidance Department visited senior English classes this week to help our students get a jump on their Post-Secondary Planning. To keep the ball rolling, we invite you to our Senior Parent Night Presentation on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. We will be going over important details, including graduation requirements, using the Common App, requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation, writing a resume, and so much more. Students are encouraged to be in attendance.


*Please note we will be in the Media Center. This is a change of location.


The Guidance Department.

Woolie Bash Official Registration Opens: September 21

MARCHING BAND PRACTICE @ ALUMNI FIELD: SEPTEMBER 23 @ 12:30

MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCE @ THE BIG E: SEPTEMBER 25

Senior Class Fundraiser - Krispy Kreme Donuts: September 25 - October 6

Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program Begins: September 27

School Committee Meeting: September 27 @ 7:00 pm in the Media Center

Student Council Presents Spirit Day: September 28

Clubs and Activities Fair: September 28 @ 8:33 - 9:23 in the Gymnasium

Student Council Presents Spirit Day: September 29

College Fair hosted by the MHS Counseling Department: September 29 @ 10:00

Our School Counseling Dept. is hosting our annual College Fair on September 29th in the Gym.


We are excited about having over 50 colleges present and represented!

HOMECOMING WEEKEND: SEPTEMBER 29 - 31

Our annual homecoming weekend kicks off on Friday, September 29!


Please watch social media, as well as our athletics website, for more information about gameday logistics.

Best Buddies Presents - Homecoming Dance: September 30 from 6:30 - 9:30

Best Buddies will host its annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 30, from 6:30 - 9:30 in the Gym for grades 9 - 12. Please remember that this Dance is only for MHS students.


Doors will close promptly at 7:00 pm and all students must stay in attendance until 9:00 pm, as per our student handbook.

Looking Ahead 🗓

Address School-Related Anxiety and School Avoidance: October 4 @ 7:00 pm via Live Webinar

Is your child struggling with school-related anxiety and/or school avoidance? If so, we are excited to share that Cartwheel is offering a FREE live webinar on 10/4 from 7-8 PM specifically for parents/caregivers.


Millbury has been fortunate to partner with Cartwheel this year. They provide students with rapid access to mental health assessments, evidence-based therapy, medication management and consultation, and parent/guardian guidance. All of Cartwheel's services are via telehealth with licensed clinicians. To learn more about Cartwheel's services, please contact your child's school counselor.

Shop Friday Workshop Series with the Carpenters Union Begins: October 6

Parent Conference Nights:

Our Parent Conferences will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on the following dates via Google Meet:



October 19, 2023

March 7, 2024


The dates for these events are selected in order to provide first and second-semester teachers an opportunity to meet with parents/guardians to allow for more in-depth conversations with teachers. More information on how to schedule a conference will be provided closer to the conference dates.


We will be sharing out additional information regarding these events as the dates approach.

Fall Drama Performance - Whole Lotta Latte: November 17 - 19

Previously Shared

Interested in watching some Athletics contests? Please click the link below to view our Athletics Calendar.

Need some Woolie Gear? We have you covered.

Check out the link to our online store where you can get some great Woolie Gear. This store is open 24/7!


Be on the lookout for more gear that will be available during the year through fundraisers and extra-curriculars!

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